PNE star Humphrey has a busy summer

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Winger Chris Humphrey will throw himself into a busy couple of weeks of international football as he looks to put behind him the disappointment of PrestonNorth End’s play-off exit.

The 26-year-old is in Jamaica’s squad for four friendlies, three of them against sides heading for the World Cup.

There will be a fair amount of travelling involved, with the games on both sides of the Atlantic.

Although duty with the Reggae Boyz comes on the back of a demanding first season at Deepdale, Humphrey thinks that being out on the pitch is better than stewing all summer on the play-off semi-final loss to Rotherham United.

He will board the plane over the weekend ahead of Monday’s friendly with Serbia in New Jersey.

Then it is back to Europe to face Switzerland in Lucerne a week tomorrow.

Humphrey will briefly be back in England on June 4 to play against Egypt at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road.

The Jamaicans then face France in Lille on June 8, in a final World Cup warm-up game for the French. “It is going to be a busy time for me but I wouldn’t swap it for anything,” Humphrey told the Evening Post.

“The friendlies are against really strong sides, three of them are going to the World Cup. It is the one in France which I’m particularly looking forward to because it is just before they go to Brazil.

“Since the last play-off game I’ve had a few days chilling out, doing nothing, and I’m back in the gym today for a cardiovascular session to get my lungs going again.

“The Jamaica games come after a long season at Preston in which I started 35 games.

“When the gaffer signed me last year he told me I was coming here to play and he has kept to his word.

“I was disappointed not to start against Rotherham, just as anyone who didn’t play was.

“I’m still upset about the play-offs and we will all be looking to redeem it next season.

“It was in general a good season but it didn’t finish in the way we wanted it to.

“These international games mean I’m fortunate enough to be able to get back to playing football quickly.”

Humphrey will get a chance of a longer break to recharge his batteries after the internationals.

He said: “After the France game I’ve got 10 days’ holiday with my family and then a few days away with some friends.

“We are back for pre-season training at Preston on July 3, so I’ll have had enough rest before then while on my holidays.”